In our commitment to reducing plastic waste and helping make recycling easier, we have put together a guide to help you better dispose of the plastic bottles and waste our concentrates and liquids come in.
As a company we pride ourselves on customer service and transparency, this is us being transparent on our products to help you make a better decision on how you dispose of our packaging to help reduce the carbon footprint on the planet.
The nature of our business means we do use plastic bottles; we have however made efforts to make sure the majority of our products are easily recyclable and have switched over to biodegradable and easily recycled postage packaging where possible. We are always looking for more eco friendly ways to sustain our planet.
Local council recycling services
It is worth advising every council is different when it comes to recycling and what can be placed within your recycling collection bin.
With this in mind we advise you check your local councils website to seek advice in regards to what can and cannot be included in this collection.
If you follow the link below you can input your postcode and it will take you to the relevant council page in regards to recycling. If no information is available we would advise you contact your council directly for the information.
Firstly let’s break down the different types of plastic most commonly used.
Found stamped on plastic bottles will be a small triangle made up of 3 arrows with a number in the centre, these refer to the “plastic resin code”. This refers to the ease in which the plastic can be reused, the most common types are:
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – used in water bottles and plastic trays
- High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – used for milk cartons and shampoo bottles
- Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – plastic carrier bags and bin liners.
- Polypropylene (PP) – margarine tubs and ready-meal trays
Below is a handy list of all of our products under their recycling code. Please be advised we can only advise on products we bottle here at Vapable, any manufacturers we offer that come pre packaged, such as many of the one shots we offer, you will need to look on the manufacturers website for information how to recycle their products correctly.
You can also look on the bottle itself and see what the plastic resin code is; this will give you an indication on how to dispose of the plastic correctly.
PET is the easiest plastic to recycle and is accepted by most council recycling services. It is used to create more PET plastic products.
The following packaging we use that is PET plastic:
- 10ml concentrate bottles
- 100ml concentrate bottles
- 30ml concentrate bottles
- 500ml concentrate bottles
- Litre concentrate bottles
- 60ml Shortfill bottles
- 120ml E-liquid kit bottles
- 30ml One Shot bottles
- Litre bags
- 5” Layflat plastic bags
- 6” Layflat plastic bags
- Seal Bags (Small)
- Seal bags (Large)
HDPE is easy to recycle and is accepted by most council services, it is used to make garden furniture, pipes and more.
The following packaging we use that is HDPE:
- VG & PG Bottles
- The Bottle lids on all of our concentrates
- Air Wave packaging pillows
- 5 Litre bottles
LDPE is recyclable but is not accepted by some councils, you will need to check with your local council to see if they accept this plastic.
The following packaging we use that is LDPE:
- 30ml Unicorn bottles
- Pipettes, all sizes
- Padded Envelopes
PP is easy to recycle it is reused to make clothing fibres & speed bumps!
The following packaging we use that is PP:
- Syringes, all sizes
- Fragile tape
PVC is difficult to recycle and is only used to make further PVC products; you will need to check with your local council to see if they accept PVC.
We do not use any form of this plastic at Vapable.
PS is difficult to recycle; it is only used to make more PS products.
We do not use any form of this plastic at Vapable.
Cardboard & Packaging
- All of our cardboard packaging is recyclable, depending on your local council they will advise you on which bin to put your cardboard in.
- Cardboard is also great for using in home composting, make sure you cut it up into small pieces and slightly wet it to help the process along, a brilliant reference can be found here
- Any leaflets, cards and the invoice paper are all recyclable as they are standard paper stock and can be reused to make more paper.
- The packaging peanuts that you find in your order are ECOFLO; they are compostable under code EN 13432 and will disintegrate after 12 weeks and completely biodegrade after 6 months. Which makes it perfect for home composting.
Once your battery is at the end of its life, you must dispose of it safely. Collection containers can be found in many retail outlets and public buildings, as well as your local recycling centre.
Do not dispose of batteries in general waste.
To find your local battery recycling site please follow the link below and input your postcode.
Tips for better recycling
- If possible crush your bottle before putting it in the recycling, this stops the rolling off the conveyor belt at your local recycling office & also saves space.
- Rinse and empty bottles, now we don’t mean sparkling clean, but just a quick rinse will be sufficient, it helps stopping contaminants ruining things like cardboard and paper, rendering the recycling load useless.
- Screw lids back onto bottles, it stops them being missed in the recycling process as some sorting machines will reject anything under 40mm, it stops them rolling off and ending up in landfill.
- Instead of throwing larger bottles away, give them a thorough clean and reuse them for your DIY mixes.